HSO104 - Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy B


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Stream 1 (Academic): 1 x 1 hour class plus 1 x 1 hour seminar per week;
Stream 2 (Practice education): practice education comprising 1 day per week or equivalent


Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


This level 1 unit comprises both academic and practice education streams. As such it aims to continue the development of students' knowledge in occupational science and therapy. In this unit students will work individually and in small groups to explore population and ecological health issues using occupational perspectives.

Students will employ an active research approach to better understand issues affecting the health of community groups and to consider ways in which occupational therapy seeks to promote health for all. Topics include philosophical, theoretical, and scientific concepts of occupation, health promotion, social and ecological concepts of health; action research methodology; community education; group work; occupational science concepts, needs, deprivation, alienation, adaptation, balance, environments, justice, burnout and boredom; the relationship between occupation and health; and practice contexts involving organisations and communities. Classes, seminars, issue-based learning, presentations and assignments guide project development and learning which concludes in class presentations.

Students will also participate in and observe practice in health and community organisations, developing occupational science and therapy skills and competencies. Students will be encouraged to draw on personal and fieldwork experiences to understand themselves as occupational beings and to begin the development of reflective professional practice.

Hurdle requirement

  • Must complete all placement requirements (Must pass SPEF-R2 and 90% placement attendance)
  • Must pass Assessment Task 4.

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